According to a new report by Politico, White House senior advisor and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has utilized a private email account to correspond with other administration officials. Lowell said that Kushner was adhering to the government record-keeping requirements by forwarding all emails to his White House account.
The Politico report said there's no indication that Kushner shared sensitive or classified information on the account and cited aides who said he prefers to to call or use text instead of emails.
In the context of last year's presidential race, this is a major story.
Trump and his supporters had lambasted rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for using a private email server during her stint as the country's secretary of state, making the Politico revelation even more surprising.
Now Donald Trump, who sold his cult on locking Clinton up over her emails, has an administration doing the exact same thing, only it's probable given the Russian Federation probe that their motives involve keeping secrets more disturbing than anything Hillary Clinton had on deck. It was reported in January that at least four senior Trump staffers―Kushner, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Sean Spicer―still possessed private email accounts through the Republican National Committee.
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The email account was set up in December during the transition period. This is essentially exactly what Clinton did while serving as secretary of state, and although it's not his official job, Kushner has been characterized as a sort of shadow secretary of state within the Trump administration.
A lawyer for Kushner, Abbe Lowell, who was recently added to Kushner's legal team, issued the following statement in response to the Politico report.
'These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address'.
Mr. Kushner sent those that concerned official business to his email address at the White House, Mr. Lowell said.
Ivanka Trump walks with husband Jared Kushner and son Theodore James Kushner towards the Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House prior to a departure August 25, 2017 in Washington, DC.